Plucky Pairings for Spring Chicken Recipes

Plucky Pairings for Spring Chicken Recipes

springchicken_01With the equinox behind us and Easter right around the corner, it’s time to think about spring dinners. And spring eating means chicken.

Why? Well, it used to be that a spring chicken was one that was young and tender. But nowadays, since chickens are hatched year-round, spring is simply a great time to enjoy a delicious bird.

Chicken salad, for example. With the warmer weather, you can’t beat a chicken-laced Cobb Salad or a Chicken Caesar. To go with the light leafy greens, a lighter wine is appropriate. But because of the chicken, it shouldn’t be too light. Try pinot grigio/pinot gris—it’s just right. A few favorites:

SEGHESIO Pinot Grigio 2012 (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA) $22
LA CREMA Pinot Gris 2012 (Monterey, CA) $20
WATERSTONE Pinot Gris 2012 (Napa Valley, CA) $18

The bright, fresh flavors of Southeast Asian foods are super springy—how about a Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich, Thai Chicken Curry or Chicken Summer Rolls? An off-dry white wine will have similarly bright, fresh flavors, and the touch of sweetness in the wine will match similar qualities in the food:

FETZER Riesling “Goosefoot Road” 2011 (CA) $8
STERLING Vintner’s Collection “Aromatic White” 2011 (Central Coast, CA) $11
MIRASSOU Moscato 2012 (CA) $11

It’s not too early to be thinking about picnicking and Fried Chicken. Palate-cleansing sparkling wine is the perfect foil for anything fried, but the fruitiness of a rosé or the slight fruitiness of Prosecco is an especially nice pairing for a spring day:

LUCIEN ALBRECHT Brut Rosé “Cremant d’Alsace” non-vintage (Alsace, France) $22
LA MARCA Prosecco non-vintage (Veneto, Italy) $17
MUMM NAPA Brut Rosé non-vintage (Napa Valley, CA) $24

And you can’t go wrong with a good ol’ Roast Chicken most any time of year. If it’s warm out, pair it with chardonnay, a fun pairing if there ever was one. If there’s a nip in the air, go with a light red like pinot noir:

GARY FARRELL Chardonnay “Russian River Selection” 2011 (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA) $35
MUMBO JUMBO Pinot Noir 2012 (CA) $21
FREI BROTHERS Pinot Noir “Reserve” 2011 (Russian River Valley, CA) $27

Spring has sprung! What are your favorite wines with chicken this season? Let us know below.

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